Spending money on a mattress is quite an investment. That thing has to support you night after night for probably 5 or so years. If you’re going to dish out several hundred dollars on a good night’s sleep, you might need to think about how to keep it in the best shape possible.
A large part of mattress maintenance is cleaning it. Yep, a clean bed is not just about having clean sheets but also is about ridding that mattress of accumulated dirt. Here are some tips that will help you keep your mattress as good as new.
Air Your Bed Daily
When we sleep, we sweat. A lot. Yep, that’s the harsh reality. With this in mind, it’s super important to air your bed every morning. Failing to do this can actually attract dust mites. These little creatures are drawn to moisture that gets trapped in your bedding. Simply airing out your duvet a few times before you head to work can prevent this.
Vacuum Your Mattress
It’s important to note that this does not apply to all mattresses, as vacuuming can sometimes dislodge the filling. But for the ones that can, this is a must. Think about all the dust, the dead skin cells, the oils from your hair and body, and once again, the dust mites that build up. All of this can make for a very mucky mattress. Vacuuming your mattress just once a month can keep all this ickiness at bay. On a low suction setting, gently glide your vacuum cleaner over your mattress. Pay special attention to the piping or seams of your mattress.
Turn Your Mattress
Again, not all mattresses need to be flipped over, like ones with an upper layer of foam. For the rest though, turning over a mattress every few months is a helpful way to keep it fresh. If you’re not %100 sure about the flipping protocol for your mattress, check with the manufacturers, you can do this easily online. It’s always important to follow the care instructions.
Pay Attention to Spills and Stains
To begin with, avoid drinking or eating in bed. This can get messy. But if you do, then be sure to watch out for stains and spillages. The quicker you deal with this, the easier it is to get out. It’s best to sponge the spot with some warm water, dabbing it gently and not soaking it wet. Take some stain remover and spray it on the messy spot (one that is made for upholstery) and then just wipe it off with some more water. If there is a bit of a smell to it, just drop some disinfectant.